BROWN SUGAR COOKIES + PEPPERMINT CREAM CHEESE ICING

There is nothing better than the smell of evergreen and cookies in the oven. We love to spend our Sunday's in December baking holiday treats! 

 

 for the cookies:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325 F. 

Mix all ingredients together using a standing or hand mixer on medium speed until the dough begins to form a ball. Using your hands, roll the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator, bring to room temperature, and roll until 1/4-inch thickness using a rolling pin. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on size of cookie. 

 for the icing:

1 cup cream cheese

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Mix all ingredients together using a standing or hand mixer on medium speed until evenly combined. Chill until ready to use. 

assembly:

Allow cookies to cool. Dip top-side of cookies in icing and let excess drip off. Finish with crumbled peppermint pieces if desired.